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Poster: He Live's Date: Sep 18, 2008 8:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix and the Dead & the SSB

i like the AXIS album a lot, but otherwise, hendrix has always seemed like a lot of unrealized potential to me. one of the things that contributes to that is he always seemed to have a "cobbled together" kind of band -- never a very cohesive sounding unit.

whether this is a result of the same or not i don't know, but the his music, particularly the live stuff i have heard, has always sounded RAGGED, unrefined -- like he was always playing through a shitty PA -- or just, Loud and Sloppy. you gotta figure that if he was able to survive the first, what, 5 years -- and get into a space BEYOND the crazy celebrity that surrounded him he would have started producing some more coherent music --

what can you say? he was the most extreme FLAME OUT to ever grace the earth -- since who, Jesus of Nazareth? -- i don't know who to compare him to.... other than making a few hit records, he seems to have been Here for the ONE DEFINING MOMENT: his rendition of the STAR SPANGLED BANNER at woodstock was a monumental, once in a generation, unparalleled artistic/social achievement. i think, taken in full context, his performance was the single greatest thing he ever achieved and set his legacy in stone. a truly artistic statement, far beyond anything any one of his contemporaries could have done.....



but like Jerry said, he was surrounded by vampires! who could survive that ? -- and thanks for that last link -- if you other readers haven't checked it, listen to the New Speedway from that temple show and hear cutler shut down the tapers....



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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 18, 2008 11:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix and the Dead & the SSB

I can defn agree with this, but a number of less dramatic songs (HeyJoe, WindCriesMary, etc), I think, are his best contributions (with a refined, perfected sound to them) to counter what you speak of (which in general is true).

I do like VChild off ELLand, as a ragged live style song of the type you mention, but the other more subdued ones I mentioned above are really my favorite tunes of his...

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Poster: spring mountain high Date: Sep 19, 2008 6:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix and the Dead & the SSB

i LOVE the long voodoo child w/ winwood on electric ladyland, and i believe that was where hendrix really wanted to go with his music...jimi was my first musical epiphany, before the dead even.

i had also read that miles davis had tapped him to play guitar on 'bitches brew' instead of mcglaughlin, but some rogue vomit put the kibosh on that.

that which burns brightest also burns fastest

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 18, 2008 12:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix and the Dead & the SSB

I'm mildly surprised that no one has mentioned Hendrix's radical reworking of 'All Along the Watchtower'. Did anyone else ever take a Dylan song and make it so definitively their own that Dylan himself did it their way?

And though I'd agree that he was something of an unrealised talent, and that I practically never choose to sit down and listen to Jimi Hendrix these days, he was to my mind the most influential player of the electric guitar who ever picked up the instrument. Electric guitar playing can be split into Before Jimi and After Jimi - it's just a shame that the AJ acolytes mostly ended up in excruciating heavy metal bands, all speed and no imagination - but there you go.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Sep 18, 2008 6:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix and the Dead & the SSB

imo, the only guitarist to come close to Jimi's inovative talent/style was Stevie Ray Vaughn

wonder if jerry ever jammed with him

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 18, 2008 12:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix and the Dead & the SSB

Word. [Dylan point]

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 18, 2008 9:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix and the Dead & the SSB

I wish he had a chance to do more stuff with Brian Jones; this clip gives you a taste - too bad the tunes are the vid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqqaw9iN0Js

Side note - heard on KPIG the other day that Stephen Stills has unreleased tapes of him and Jimi "jamming" at Still's place in Topanga Canyon with some others that he's finally gotten permission to release and plans to do so in coming year.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Sep 18, 2008 11:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix and the Dead & the SSB

w/ stills
http://www.archive.org/details/jimihendrix1968-05-21stephenstills

w/ john mclaughlin, johnny winter, stills etc
http://www.archive.org/details/JimiHendrix1969-03-25JohnMcLaughlin

w/ traffic
http://www.archive.org/details/traffic1968jimi

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Poster: buscameby Date: Sep 18, 2008 12:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix and the Dead & the SSB

Thanks so much for this!

Am I the last one here to find out that Sugarmegs is now hosted on Archive?????

This is a real blessing.